'''Edward Osborne Wilson''' (born June 10, 1929), usually cited as '''E. O. Wilson''', is an American biologist, researcher (sociobiology
, island biogeography
), theorist (consilience
, Biophilia hypothesis|biophilia
), naturalist (conservation movement|conservationist
) and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology
, the study of ant
s, on which he is considered to be the world's leading expert.
Wilson is known for his scientific career, his role as "the father of sociobiology
" and "the father of biodiversity
advocacy, and his secular humanist|secular-humanist
ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters.
Among his greatest contributions to ecological theory is the theory of island biogeography
, which he developed in collaboration with...